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target, the damascus international airport, about 12 miles southeast of the city. heavy bombardments reported today in the surrounding area. rebel leaders called the airport a legitimate target and gave a stark warning to the regime and outside travelers to avoid it at all costs. fighting near the airport forced the suspension of commercial flights this week. some airlines have already stopped altogether. a rebel takeover of the airport would also cut off weapons supplies to allies like iran. >> it has the country's longest runways. it's from that location that jets from iran land. they're carrying a lot of sophisticated weapons, so knocking that location out, taking it over and holding it, would allow the rebels to begin their push toward damascus, without the threat of resupply. >> reporter: that makes it far too valuable to forces loyal to bashar alsad. >> in egypt president mohamed morsi has canceled the decree that sparked huge protests by giving him sweeping powers. but protesters in care row's tahrir square aren't impressed. they say a referendum on the new constitution would
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